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Old 08-12-2021, 17:11   #1
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Help me shop, new boat needs outfitting.

We are about to take possession of our "like" new boat. The previous owners never used the kitchen, stove, fridge so it is literally brand new and empty. This will be our first sailboat and will be going shopping to get it set up. The boat is 40' Jeanneau SO409 with 2 cabins, 2 heads so it has plenty of space.

We are putting a list together and looking for recommendations, even on basics like square plates, plastic vs. china etc. Ikea is 2 blocks away. lol.

I love cooking and am going to get some good knives and a magnet wall mount for them.

We are west coast of Canada and will be weekend coastal cruising until summer when we will take off for a couple months.

What are some of your must-haves?
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Old 08-12-2021, 18:49   #2
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Make sure your magnetized knife holder isn't anywhere near the compasses. The one in the binnacle AND the one in the onboard computer AND the one in the autopilot. Even then, make sure it doesn't cause some deviation in them before installing it. We found nice china coffeecups that were so cheap compared to others that we figured we could get a dozen and let five or six break and still come out ahead. Of course none of them have broken.
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Old 08-12-2021, 22:09   #3
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Hmmm... I'd say sail it first for a few overnighters, or just stay on it for a number of nights if weather is not conducive to sailing right now, and see what you think. We could recommend things that you don't like, need or just are not right for your style.

I do not keep my knives on a magnetic wall mount. Even though it's probably safe, I just don't like the idea of knives out in the open like that while I am sailing.
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Old 08-12-2021, 23:00   #4
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Congrats on the new boat ... we may see you out there especially if you get up around Desolation Sound. Bonus that the PO put no wear and tear on the food prep and storage facilities. Everything ultimately becomes a storage issue imo and you should approach your outfitting with that in mind. Things break occasionally but don't let that stop you from buying decent china or glass wine glasses if that's what you really want. We use nesting s/s bowls as mixing and salad bowls - minimize the single use stuff as best you can. Have fun !
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Re: Help me shop, new boat needs outfitting.

I like the magnetic knife holder. Found a nice stainless steel one that I installed in my galley and loved it. It's on the bulkhead behind the sink and well out of the way.

Also really prefer glass and china instead of plastic. After several years cruising have only broken a couple of glasses when a bowl fell into the sink.

Look at Correl Ware for the plates and bowls. They are sturdy and hard to break. Also come in a variety of patterns and styles including plates with high rims that are more spill resistant when eating underway.

If you want to minimize storage you can get nesting pots and pans set and nesting bowls as mentioned.

Several glass storage containers with Tupperware lids are very handy for storing spillable stuff and leftovers. I use mine all the time.

Also love my stainless French press. You can use it for coffee and tea. A good Thermos (get a Thermos brand, they seem to be the best for long term hot or cold liquids) for fixing coffee or even soups for later.

They are a bit of a pain to store but really like my bean bags for the cockpit. Great for lounging on a long watch. That of course assumes a good autopilot to handle the steering.

Speaking of autopilots, if the boat doesn't have one and you plan sails of more than an hour or two or shorthanded sailing this would be top of my list. Some enjoy steering but I've done enough of that to last a lifetime. For me an autopilot to handle steering turns a passage from work to vacation.
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Re: Help me shop, new boat needs outfitting.

Lots of good advice here. An auto pilot is an essential on my boat, along with a remote as I single hand often.
Look for dinnerware that has a nonskid base. West Marine carries melamine ware that has held up over 25 years to date.
A cockpit table is a nice option. Drink holders too.
Nesting pots save space. Magma makes a nice set.
A pressure cooker also can come in handy as a fuel saver or your big pasta pot.
Square vacuum sealable storage cans are very welcome in the galley to keep things fresh and deter bugs. Vacuum bags are great for storing spares.
A good set of binoculars is nice to have.
Good fitting inflatable life vests.with integral harness if going offshore.
Grill on the Stern rail.
Dawn dish soap. Simple green for diesel spills.
Fishnet hammocks to store snacks and vegetables.
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Old 09-12-2021, 06:06   #7
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Do it step by step, following a priority list, without missing unplaned oportunities, so every step is a pleasure - and disregard the few deceptions.

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We found that a pressure cooker was fantastic and safe to use underway. Catch a fish pop it in the pressure cooker and by the time we dropped anchor dinner was ready.
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Old 09-12-2021, 07:03   #9
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We live aboard for 3 months each year in wet, foggy Maine.

Maybe skip buying emergency flares and invest in one of the Coast Guard approved strobes. Saves money in the long run.

Also, if your boat has an owners group, join it for access to lots of used items, some already custom-fitted to your boat model.

We have a pair of very small fold-up chairs that we use on board and ashore. Very handy and EMS or REI sells them.

Wifi booster for marinas. Inverter to charge computers, phone, etc.

Small portable vacuum with charger.

Fly swatter and/or one of the cheap bug zappers that looks like a badminton raquet.

Multi-tester which can also be used to test small batteries.

Clothpins that are plastic with SS springs. Quick-dry towels.

Good yachtsman knives to keep in your pocket at all times.

drink holders that attach to lifelines.

At least a few fender covers to avoid squeaking at night.

Good, bright LED headlamps with a red option for night vision preservation.

Basic spare parts kit for the engine (often much cheaper at tractor supply stores).

Small battery booster to jump start the engine with a dead starter battery.

Small torque wrench to tighten engine bolts (they do get loose).

Pump to change oil.

Pump to winterize the freshwater system and tanks.

Small portable drill/screwdriver.

metric and SAE socket wrench set, box end wrenches and allen wrenches.

Supply of SS bolts, screws, washer.

Bosuns chair, unless you're afraid to climb the mast to clear a snag or retrieve a lost halyard.

Anchor snubbers and chafe guards.

small carpets for cabin sole.

The list goes on.

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Re: Help me shop, new boat needs outfitting.

We took fold up bicycles and hardly ever used them as it was a hassle to get them out of the locker. Sold them to locals in Antigua.
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Old 09-12-2021, 07:20   #11
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Re: Help me shop, new boat needs outfitting.

Let me add a plug for the stainless steel vacuum insulated coffee mug, with lid. Coffee in the morning, beer in the evening, stew and ice cream at night - it's just about the universal hold in your hand source of sustenance. It keeps coffee hot, beer cold, and actually refreezes ice cream at the bottom.
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Re: Help me shop, new boat needs outfitting.

Theboatgalley.com

Which is by an experienced cruiser, and includes opinions from same.

Its a comprehensive site.
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Re: Help me shop, new boat needs outfitting.

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We live aboard for 3 months each year in wet, foggy Maine.

Maybe skip buying emergency flares and invest in one of the Coast Guard approved strobes. Saves money in the long run.

Also, if your boat has an owners group, join it for access to lots of used items, some already custom-fitted to your boat model.

We have a pair of very small fold-up chairs that we use on board and ashore. Very handy and EMS or REI sells them.

Wifi booster for marinas. Inverter to charge computers, phone, etc.

Small portable vacuum with charger.

Fly swatter and/or one of the cheap bug zappers that looks like a badminton raquet.

Multi-tester which can also be used to test small batteries.

Clothpins that are plastic with SS springs. Quick-dry towels.

Good yachtsman knives to keep in your pocket at all times.

drink holders that attach to lifelines.

At least a few fender covers to avoid squeaking at night.

Good, bright LED headlamps with a red option for night vision preservation.

Basic spare parts kit for the engine (often much cheaper at tractor supply stores).

Small battery booster to jump start the engine with a dead starter battery.

Small torque wrench to tighten engine bolts (they do get loose).

Pump to change oil.

Pump to winterize the freshwater system and tanks.

Small portable drill/screwdriver.

metric and SAE socket wrench set, box end wrenches and allen wrenches.

Supply of SS bolts, screws, washer.

Bosuns chair, unless you're afraid to climb the mast to clear a snag or retrieve a lost halyard.

Anchor snubbers and chafe guards.

small carpets for cabin sole.

The list goes on.

cheers

Jenn and Terry
Good list except for the flares. Traditional flares are approved in Canada, but Transport Canada does not approve electronic flares or strobes.
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We are about to take possession of our "like" new boat. The previous owners never used the kitchen, stove, fridge so it is literally brand new and empty. This will be our first sailboat and will be going shopping to get it set up. The boat is 40' Jeanneau SO409 with 2 cabins, 2 heads so it has plenty of space.

We are putting a list together and looking for recommendations, even on basics like square plates, plastic vs. china etc. Ikea is 2 blocks away. lol.

I love cooking and am going to get some good knives and a magnet wall mount for them.

We are west coast of Canada and will be weekend coastal cruising until summer when we will take off for a couple months.

What are some of your must-haves?
I like to cook ( and bake )

Galleys must haves

decent chef knives ( 2 or 3 of them )
a mandolin ( not the music one !!)
a small electric food processor
a small electric whisk ( all can run off the invertor )
I have both a small electric kettle and a gas kettle
I use all proper crockery and glasses , but keep a few plastics for kids and stuff ( I eat from plastic bowls if underway , bowls with lids
Stainless insulated french press, but I think next year Ill get a Tasimo machine
lots of mixing bowls and food storage plastics ( I have about 15 )
garlic press
juice extractor ( manual )
coarse and fine sieve
my go to pan is a wok like frying pan with a lid , brill , I have a saucepan , a small frying pan ( with a lid ) , ad a multipurpose Le cruset style small casserole pot , absolutely fab

then there all the other stuff the boat needs

PS , I wouldnt be comfortable with magnetic mounts not secure enough for big knives on a boat imho

well wear with your new boat
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Re: Help me shop, new boat needs outfitting.

Key Tools

Einhell X system , three batteries
Drill
Sander Buffer ( excellent low speed control )
Jigsaw
Multipurpose tool

Big socket set 3/8 drive

clamps
sets of screws drivers , including stubbies
ring and open spanners
vice grip ( yes I know the , last refuge of the failed )

plus all the other stuff , sail repair , canvas repair , varnishes, teh list is endless
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